Children and Adolescents

Students who choose this focus include pediatric psychology, autism and spectrum disorders, the effects of physical and emotional abuse, body image disturbances, and juvenile offenses. Required courses in this area include:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology *
  • Assessment: Child and Adolescent *
  • Intervention Techniques: Child and Adolescent *
  • Intervention Techniques: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Intervention Techniques: Group Therapy
  • Intervention: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Geropsychology/Older Adults

Interests of students who focus in this area include health of older adults, diminished functioning and dementia, dealing with catastrophic disease (HIV) and care giving. Students in this area are exposed to issues of aging and the skills needed to effectively provide services to older adults. Courses in this are include:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Health Issues in Geropsychology *
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology *
  • Psychopathology & Therapeutic Interventions with Older Adults *
  • Assessment of Older Adults *
  • Intervention Techniques: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Intervention Techniques: Group Therapy
  • Forensic Psychology

Health Care psychology Across the Life Span

The focus in this interest area includes health psychology and health care of persons across the life span (from childhood through adulthood and older age). A unique facet of this area of interest is to train Health Service Psychologists to serve on interprofessional teams in a variety of health care settings and systems. Students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to address our nation's most prominent health care challenges.

  • Clinical Health Psychology*
  • Primary Care Psychology* + Interprofessional Education*
  • Pediatric Psychology*
  • Health Issues in Geropsychology*
  • Recommended electives TBD

Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

Students who select this focus include working with individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Courses in this area include:

  • Psychopharmacology *
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Intervention Techniques: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Research and Clinical Issues: Seriously Mentally Disabled Population *
  • Intervention Techniques: Seriously Mentally Disabled Population *
  • Intervention Techniques: Group Therapy
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Intervention: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Certificate in the Foundations of Health Services Administration

Certificate in Organizational Concepts and Management

Students may use the remaining four electives to complete one of the above certificates. Managed care has become a dominant economic force in the health care delivery system. The two certificates will offer students the opportunity to be educated and trained in the attitudes, beliefs and skills that are important in the changing delivery of health care in the United States. The certificates offer doctoral students the ability to acquire knowledge in the basic business systems and processes. Many psychologists have become managers and program outcome evaluators at many agencies and institutions. Several of our alumni who have completed one of the Certificates are now applying the skills they acquired in several agencies and institutions.

* - Denotes required courses